5 Mar 2021
Topic:  Association, Freedom of The right of the people to meet or associate with others for peaceful purposes
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Capitalism Economic system where the means of production are privately owned
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Economic Barriers Legislative and other processes that inhibit economic and financial advancement
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Goldwater, Barry Arizona Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Law, Rule of Legal environment where cases are handled in a non-arbitrary manner
Upd   Articles Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, which became known as the Palm Sunday Compromise, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled against them
 
Topic:  Life The human unalienable right from which other rights obtain
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Powers, Reserved Powers retained by the States and the people
Upd   Articles Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, which became known as the Palm Sunday Compromise, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled against them
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
Upd   Articles Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, which became known as the Palm Sunday Compromise, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled against them
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Social Security Fraud
Discusses comments made by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill indicating that the Social Security Trust Fund has no tangible assets and the response from Rep. Charlie Rangel
Upd     Rule of Law Damaged by Schiavo Bill
Discusses the implications of the hurried legislation, which became known as the Palm Sunday Compromise, to allow the parents of Terri Schiavo to have federal courts another look at her case, after state courts had ruled against them
Upd     Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Self-ownership The principle that each individual owns his or her body and life
Upd   Articles Individual Rights or Civil Rights?
Contrasts the right not to be discriminated against with the right of freedom of association and concludes that one of them is invalid, also discussing private vs. government discrimination
 
Topic:  Social Security Tax Tax imposed on employers and employees to fund the Social Security system
Upd   Articles The Social Security Fraud
Discusses comments made by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill indicating that the Social Security Trust Fund has no tangible assets and the response from Rep. Charlie Rangel
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles The Social Security Fraud
Discusses comments made by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill indicating that the Social Security Trust Fund has no tangible assets and the response from Rep. Charlie Rangel
 
4 Mar 2021
Topic:  Boudreaux, Donald J. Professor of Economics, past President of the Foundation for Economic Education
Upd   Articles Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and the 1996 Federal Trade Commission complaint that the firm had engaged in monopolistic practices
 
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and the 1996 Federal Trade Commission complaint that the firm had engaged in monopolistic practices
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and the 1996 Federal Trade Commission complaint that the firm had engaged in monopolistic practices
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
 
Topic:  Man for All Seasons, A 1966 historical drama recounting the story of how Sir Thomas More stood up to King Henry VIII
Upd   Articles No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, that compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police does not violate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles Francisco's Money Speech
Francisco D'Anconia's speech about money being the root of all evil
 
Topic:  Monopoly Exclusive control by someone or some group of the means of producing or selling a good or service
Upd   Articles Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and the 1996 Federal Trade Commission complaint that the firm had engaged in monopolistic practices
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Toying with the Free Market
Discusses the 1998 Toys "R" Us restructuring announcement and the 1996 Federal Trade Commission complaint that the firm had engaged in monopolistic practices
Upd     No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, that compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police does not violate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments
Upd     Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
 
Topic:  Searches and Seizures, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, that compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police does not violate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments
 
Topic:  Self-Incrimination, Right Against The right not to bear witness against one's self
Upd   Articles No Right to Remain Silent
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, that compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police does not violate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments
 
Topic:  Social Security Tax Tax imposed on employers and employees to fund the Social Security system
Upd   Articles Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
 
Topic:  Wages The price of labor, renumeration paid to employees for their work or services
Upd   Articles Social Security Has to Go
Examines the U.S. Social Security system, including the employee and employer "contributions", the "trust fund" and how it may fare in the future
 
3 Mar 2021
Topic:  Attacks of 11 September 2001 Terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
Upd   Articles 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom and suggests that a non-intervenionist foreign policy could have prevented the Sept 2001 attacks
 
Topic:  Bureaucracy A hierarchy of government officials, mostly unelected, that set policies, prescribe regulations and administer them
Upd   Articles Medicare Rx Reform: The Road to Medical Serfdom
Criticizes the proposed (and later passed) addition of prescription drug coverage to Medicare and predicts the eventual nationalization of health care
 
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Conservatism Political philosophy that emphasizes respect for traditional institutions
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom and suggests that a non-intervenionist foreign policy could have prevented the Sept 2001 attacks
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles April Is the Cruelest Month
Discusses the income tax and how government acts as a transfer machine from the majority to various interest groups, while keeping incumbent politicians in power
Upd     Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles Medicare Rx Reform: The Road to Medical Serfdom
Criticizes the proposed (and later passed) addition of prescription drug coverage to Medicare and predicts the eventual nationalization of health care
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom and suggests that a non-intervenionist foreign policy could have prevented the Sept 2001 attacks
 
Topic:  Personal Responsibility Accepting the consequences of one's actions
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
Upd   Articles Medicare Rx Reform: The Road to Medical Serfdom
Criticizes the proposed (and later passed) addition of prescription drug coverage to Medicare and predicts the eventual nationalization of health care
 
Topic:  Repression, Moral Legislation and government actions that attempt to dictate "moral and proper" behavior
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
Upd   Articles Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings April Is the Cruelest Month
Discusses the income tax and how government acts as a transfer machine from the majority to various interest groups, while keeping incumbent politicians in power
Upd     Medicare Rx Reform: The Road to Medical Serfdom
Criticizes the proposed (and later passed) addition of prescription drug coverage to Medicare and predicts the eventual nationalization of health care
Upd     9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom and suggests that a non-intervenionist foreign policy could have prevented the Sept 2001 attacks
Upd     Treating Us like Children
Comments on an amendment to an appropriations bill that would outlaw Internet gambling, overwhelmingly approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, and discusses the "democratic paternalism" evinced by this action
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles April Is the Cruelest Month
Discusses the income tax and how government acts as a transfer machine from the majority to various interest groups, while keeping incumbent politicians in power
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
Upd   Articles 9/11 Could Have Been Prevented
Counters the claim that Islamists hate the U.S. because Americans love freedom and suggests that a non-intervenionist foreign policy could have prevented the Sept 2001 attacks
 
2 Mar 2021
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
Upd     Marry and Let Marry
Comments on George W. Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
 
Topic:  China Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
Upd   Articles Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
 
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles Marry and Let Marry
Comments on George W. Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
 
Topic:  Founding Fathers Leading individuals in founding of the United States
Upd   Articles Marry and Let Marry
Comments on George W. Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
 
Topic:  Golf Game in which one attempts to sink a ball into each of 9 or 18 holes on a course
Upd   Articles What Is Golf?
Analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin that, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the PGA Tour must allow disabled golfers to ride a golf cart
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Iraq: One Year Later
Comments on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, including statements by the White House and Donald Rumsfeld, as well as the outcome of 2004 Spanish elections which took place after the Madrid train bombings
 
Topic:  Law Set of rules and guidelines intended to influence social behavior
Upd   Articles What Is Golf?
Analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin that, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the PGA Tour must allow disabled golfers to ride a golf cart
 
Topic:  Marriage Formalized consensual and contractual relationships between individuals
Upd   Articles Marry and Let Marry
Comments on George W. Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Bush as Fake Free-Trader
Comments on George W. Bush's claim to being a free-trader while at the same time imposing quotas and tariffs on products from China
Upd     Marry and Let Marry
Comments on George W. Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to forbid same-sex marriage licenses
Upd     What Is Golf?
Analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin that, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the PGA Tour must allow disabled golfers to ride a golf cart
Upd     Iraq: One Year Later
Comments on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, including statements by the White House and Donald Rumsfeld, as well as the outcome of 2004 Spanish elections which took place after the Madrid train bombings
 
Topic:  Spain Territory in southwestern Europe, ruled since 1975 by the Reino de España
Upd   Articles Iraq: One Year Later
Comments on the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, including statements by the White House and Donald Rumsfeld, as well as the outcome of 2004 Spanish elections which took place after the Madrid train bombings
 
1 Mar 2021
Topic:  Broken Window Fallacy "What would become of the glaziers, if nobody ever broke windows?"
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  Browne, Harry Investment author, Libertarian Party presidential candidate 1996 and 2000
Upd   Writings A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country
Reflections on the United States in 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) status
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations, rather than ending similar subsidies to secular groups
 
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
 
Topic:  Capitalism Economic system where the means of production are privately owned
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
 
Topic:  Economic Barriers Legislative and other processes that inhibit economic and financial advancement
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
 
Topic:  Economic Resources Natural, human and man-made factors used in the production of goods and services
Upd   Articles Natural Resources Aren't Finite
Discusses losses incurred by commodities traders and investment managers who believed that prices of commodities must rise because there is a "finite" stock of natural resources on Earth
 
Topic:  Federal Reserve System The central bank of the United States
Upd   Articles A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country
Reflections on the United States in 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) status
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country
Reflections on the United States in 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) status
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
 
Topic:  Inflation Popularly, a rise in prices of goods and services; in economics, monetary expansion
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  Liberty, Statue of Monument symbolizing liberty, in New York harbor
Upd   Articles A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country
Reflections on the United States in 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) status
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
Upd   Articles When More Is Less
 
Topic:  Mises, Ludwig von Austrian school economist, author of Human Action
Upd   Articles Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
 
Topic:  Mutualism Anarchist doctrine proposed by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Upd   Articles Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations, rather than ending similar subsidies to secular groups
 
Topic:  Religion, Freedom of Liberty to practice any or no religion
Upd   Articles Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations, rather than ending similar subsidies to secular groups
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Free Markets Aren't Conservative
Explains why businesses, especially the larger and well established ones, favor regulations and taxes, and why a free, unregulated or "self-regulating" market protects consumer better
Upd     Don't Fund Religious Groups
Argues against George W. Bush's proposal to give taxpayers' money to religious organizations, rather than ending similar subsidies to secular groups
 
Topic:  Rockwell, Lew President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and editor of LewRockwell.com
Upd   Interviews The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  Simon, Julian Professor of Business Administration, author
Upd   Writings Natural Resources Aren't Finite
Discusses losses incurred by commodities traders and investment managers who believed that prices of commodities must rise because there is a "finite" stock of natural resources on Earth
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  Technology Practical application of engineering or technical processes
Upd   Articles Natural Resources Aren't Finite
Discusses losses incurred by commodities traders and investment managers who believed that prices of commodities must rise because there is a "finite" stock of natural resources on Earth
 
Topic:  Unemployment The state of not being engaged in a gainful occupation
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Articles A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country
Reflections on the United States in 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) status
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
Topic:  World War II Worldwide conflict from 1939 to 1945
Upd   Articles The Economic Costs of Going to War: Transcript: Bill Moyers Talks with Lew Rockwell
Topics discussed include: the economy, the federal budget deficit, the national debt, inflation, Republican vs. Democrat presidents, tax cuts, war spending, World War II and the depression, Sadam Hussein and unemployment
 
28 Feb 2021
Topic:  Lǎozǐ Ancient Chinese philosopher, author of the Dào Dé Jīng
Upd   Writings Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) by Lao Tzu (Laozi)
Research, compilation and indexing by Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.; includes modern Chinese, 25 English and five Spanish versions, introduction, chapter and thematic indexes and extensive bibliography
 
27 Feb 2021
Topic:  Broken Window Fallacy "What would become of the glaziers, if nobody ever broke windows?"
Upd   Articles The Failure of Macroeconomics
Discusses the views of various economists on the slow GDP growth after the 2008 recession, what are the causes and what can be done about it
 
Topic:  Drugs, War on Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Web Pages Drug War | Cato Institute
Commentary, studies, articles and other research from the Cato Institute on the war on drugs
 
Topic:  Economics Study of the means that human beings use to satisfy their individually desired ends
Upd   Articles The Failure of Macroeconomics
Discusses the views of various economists on the slow GDP growth after the 2008 recession, what are the causes and what can be done about it
 
Topic:  Personal Responsibility Accepting the consequences of one's actions
Upd   Articles Tobacco Medicaid Litigation: Snuffing Out the Rule of Law
 
26 Feb 2021
Topic:  Bastiat, Frédéric 19th century French economist
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Bill of Rights, United States First 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Upd   Articles Individual Liberty and the Constitution: A Response to Robert Bork
Responds to Robert Bork's essay "Individual Liberty and the Constitution" published in the June 2008 issue of The American Spectator
 
Topic:  Declaration of Independence, United States The document that formed the United States of America
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Economic Barriers Legislative and other processes that inhibit economic and financial advancement
Upd   Articles Power to the Individual, Not to the State
Discusses the various arguments and counter-arguments between progressives and radicals due to the former's movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour
 
Topic:  Educational Freedom Absence of coercion in learning and educating
Upd   Articles Vouchers and Educational Freedom: A Debate
Joseph L. Bast, Heartland Institute president, and David Harmer, former Heritage Foundation researcher, versus Douglas Dewey, National Scholarship Center president
Upd     The Need for Educational Freedom in the Nation's Capital
Examines problems with the District of Columbia Public Schools and suggests alternatives
 
Topic:  Electric Power The production and distribution of electricity
Upd   Articles The Right Way to Fix The Grid
 
Topic:  England The southern part of the island of Great Britain
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Entrepreneurship Managerial skills and willingness to take risks in the production of goods and services
Upd   Articles Smoking Bans Are Dangerous to a Free Society's Health
Argues against proposed legislation in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland to ban smoking in restaurants and bars
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
Upd   Articles The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism (or utilitarianism) to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism (or utilitarianism) to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Power to the Individual, Not to the State
Discusses the various arguments and counter-arguments between progressives and radicals due to the former's movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour
 
Topic:  Greece Territory in southeast Europe, ruled since 1975 by the Elliniki Dhimokratia
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Health The general condition of the body; freedom from physical disease or pain
Upd   Articles Smoking Bans Are Dangerous to a Free Society's Health
Argues against proposed legislation in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland to ban smoking in restaurants and bars
 
Topic:  Homeschooling Educating children at home
Upd   Articles Homeschooling: Back to the Future?
Traces the origins of homeschooling in the U.S. and how it has become accepted, includes answers to typical questions
 
Topic:  Jay, John First Chief Justice of the United States, co-author of the Federalist Papers
Upd   Biography The Supreme Court Historical Society - Timeline of the Court - Chief Justice John Jay
Brief biographical sketch and picture
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism (or utilitarianism) to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
Upd     The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Liberty, Individual Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
Upd   Articles Individual Liberty and the Constitution: A Response to Robert Bork
Responds to Robert Bork's essay "Individual Liberty and the Constitution" published in the June 2008 issue of The American Spectator
 
Topic:  Long, Roderick T. Professor of philosophy at Auburn University, president of the Molinari Institute
Upd   Articles The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism (or utilitarianism) to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
Upd   Articles Power to the Individual, Not to the State
Discusses the various arguments and counter-arguments between progressives and radicals due to the former's movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour
 
Topic:  Molinari, Gustave de 19th century Belgian/French economist, considered the originator of market-anarchism
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Oppenheimer, Franz German sociologist and economist, author of The State
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Powers, Enumerated Constitutional doctrine of limiting the Federal Government to explicitly granted powers
Upd   Articles Individual Liberty and the Constitution: A Response to Robert Bork
Responds to Robert Bork's essay "Individual Liberty and the Constitution" published in the June 2008 issue of The American Spectator
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Consequences of Liberty
Compares consequentialism (or utilitarianism) to deontological ethics, also mentioning virtue ethics, and reviews Roderick Long's essay "Why Does Justice Have Good Consequences?"
Upd     Power to the Individual, Not to the State
Discusses the various arguments and counter-arguments between progressives and radicals due to the former's movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour
 
Topic:  Society Grouping of individuals interacting with each other
Upd   Articles Smoking Bans Are Dangerous to a Free Society's Health
Argues against proposed legislation in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland to ban smoking in restaurants and bars
 
Topic:  Spencer, Herbert 19th century English philosopher
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
Topic:  Sumner, William Graham Nineteenth century professor of political and social science at Yale University
Upd   Articles The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
Survey of the history of libertarian ideas, from ancient China and Greece to 20th century writers
 
25 Feb 2021
Topic:  Amistad 1997 Steven Spielberg movie about the slave trade in the early 19th century
Upd   Articles Liberty at the Movies
Short reviews of some of Boaz' "all-time favorite libertarian movies" from "Hollywood"
 
Topic:  Bastiat, Frédéric 19th century French economist
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Boaz, David Executive vice president of the Cato Institute, author of Libertarianism: A Primer
Upd   Writings Liberty at the Movies
Short reviews of some of Boaz' "all-time favorite libertarian movies" from "Hollywood"
 
Topic:  Castle, The 1997 movie about a family fighting for their home against corporate and government interests
Upd   Articles Liberty at the Movies
Short reviews of some of Boaz' "all-time favorite libertarian movies" from "Hollywood"
 
Topic:  Films Moving pictures representing fictional or real-life events
Upd   Articles Liberty at the Movies
Short reviews of some of Boaz' "all-time favorite libertarian movies" from "Hollywood"
 
Topic:  Intellectual Property Laws Laws that grant monopoly rights on intellectual creations, such as patents and copyrights
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Locke, John 17th century English philosopher
Upd   Articles John Locke: His American and Carolinian Legacy
John Locke Foundation: explores Locke's principle of property rights and government's role in protecting them
 
Topic:  Mises, Ludwig von Austrian school economist, author of Human Action
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Monopoly Exclusive control by someone or some group of the means of producing or selling a good or service
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Getting Away with Torture
Discusses some of the responses to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, declassified in Dec 2014
 
Topic:  Punishments, Protection Against Cruel and Unusual Restriction on the use of cruel and unusual punishments
Upd   Articles Getting Away with Torture
Discusses some of the responses to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, declassified in Dec 2014
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Getting Away with Torture
Discusses some of the responses to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, declassified in Dec 2014
Upd     Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray Economist of the Austrian School, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
Topic:  Shenandoah 1965 movie about life in the middle of the American War Between the States
Upd   Articles Liberty at the Movies
Short reviews of some of Boaz' "all-time favorite libertarian movies" from "Hollywood"
 
Topic:  Smith, Adam Eighteenth century Scottish economist, author of The Wealth of Nations
Upd   Articles Monopoly and Aggression
Argues that monopoly and aggression are intimately related and that intellectual property laws are currently the main monopolistic interventions
 
24 Feb 2021
Topic:  Arkansas Motto: Regnat Populus (The People Rule)
Upd   Articles Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes a typical local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Web Pages Gun Control | Cato Institute Research Topics
 
Topic:  Economic Freedom Absence of coercion or controls over economic activities
Upd   Articles Hong Kong Still Freest Economy
Brief discussion of Economic Freedom of the World: 2000 Annual Report which found that Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States were the "four economically freest jurisdictions"
 
Topic:  Economic Freedom Network Co-publishers of Economic Freedom of the World
Upd   Articles Hong Kong Still Freest Economy
Brief discussion of Economic Freedom of the World: 2000 Annual Report which found that Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States were the "four economically freest jurisdictions"
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
Upd   Articles Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
 
Topic:  Monopoly Exclusive control by someone or some group of the means of producing or selling a good or service
Upd   Articles Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes a typical local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
 
Topic:  New York City The Big Apple
Upd   Articles I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death) and suggests doing away with the pursuing of nonviolent persons for "victimless so-called crimes"
 
Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
Upd   Articles Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
 
Topic:  Repression, Moral Legislation and government actions that attempt to dictate "moral and proper" behavior
Upd   Articles I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death) and suggests doing away with the pursuing of nonviolent persons for "victimless so-called crimes"
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes a typical local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
Upd     Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
Upd     I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death) and suggests doing away with the pursuing of nonviolent persons for "victimless so-called crimes"
 
Topic:  Society Grouping of individuals interacting with each other
Upd   Articles Free-Market Socialism
Counters the caricature of libertarians as hyperindividualists or atomistic and explains the benefits that could be gained from truly freed markets
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
Explains how New York cigarette taxes contributed to the police crack down that led to the Eric Garner confrontation (and subsequent death) and suggests doing away with the pursuing of nonviolent persons for "victimless so-called crimes"
 
Topic:  Transportation The means and equipment used for the movement of passengers and goods
Upd   Articles Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes a typical local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
 
23 Feb 2021
Topic:  Arkansas Motto: Regnat Populus (The People Rule)
Upd   Articles Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Commentary on the 2014 Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Amendment referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales (which was voted down)
 
Topic:  Armies, Standing Maintaining permanent armies of paid or conscripted soldiers
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Independent Review
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Henry, Patrick American revolutionary figure, famous for "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
Upd   Writings Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Liberty The right and ability to act and express oneself in a freely chosen manner
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  Liberty, Individual Enjoyment by individuals of social, political and economic rights
Upd   Articles Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Commentary on the 2014 Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Amendment referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales (which was voted down)
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action against the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Politicians People who hold or are running for a political office
Upd   Articles The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action against the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Upd   Articles Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Commentary on the 2014 Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Amendment referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales (which was voted down)
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Independent Review
Upd     The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action against the Islamic State
Upd     Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
Commentary on the 2014 Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Amendment referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales (which was voted down)
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Liberty or Empire?
Excerpt of speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticizes several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
 
Topic:  State, The The group of people that, having effective control over a government, benefit the most from the exercise of its power
Upd   Articles The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Independent Review
 
Topic:  Technology Practical application of engineering or technical processes
Upd   Articles The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Independent Review
 
Topic:  Terrorism The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
Upd   Articles The Politicians Are Scaring You Again
Comments on scaremongering efforts by Obama administration as well as opposition offiicials in order to gain support for military action against the Islamic State
 
Upd Topic:  Topics
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The "Boomerang Effect": How Foreign Policy Changes Domestic Policy
Reviews the essay "Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Controll" by Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall, published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Independent Review
 
22 Feb 2021
Topic:  Browne, Harry Investment author, Libertarian Party presidential candidate 1996 and 2000
Upd   Radio Show The Libertarian Conversation
Archives from Jan 2004 to Nov 2005; originally on the Genesis Network, Saturday 10pm-12am ET
Upd     The Money Show
Archives from Aug 2004 to Nov 2005; originally on the Genesis Network, Sunday 4pm-5pm ET
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Henry, Patrick American revolutionary figure, famous for "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
Upd   Web Pages Full Biography | Redhill.org | Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
Divided into five sections: Early Life and Times, The Voice of the Revolution, Henry and Independence, Building a Nation and The Later Years
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri ye Eslāmi ye Irān
Upd   Articles Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit
Comments on the article "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault" by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer, about the 2013-2014 Ukrainian crisis
Upd     Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Russia Territory in eastern Europe and northern Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
Upd   Articles Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit
Comments on the article "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault" by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer, about the 2013-2014 Ukrainian crisis
 
Topic:  Syria Territory in southwest Asia, nominally ruled since 1961 by the al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah
Upd   Articles Is the Foreign-Policy Elite Clueless?
Examines the policies of the Bush and Obama administrations in Iraq and Syria that led to the rise of the Islamic State
 
Topic:  Ukraine Territory in eastern Europe, ruled since 1991 by the republic of Uryad Ukrayiny
Upd   Articles Let's Have Candor from the NATO Summit
Comments on the article "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault" by foreign policy scholar John Mearsheimer, about the 2013-2014 Ukrainian crisis
 
19 Feb 2021
Topic:  Cobden, Richard Nineteenth century British politician, leading proponent of free trade
Upd   Articles Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq, following the Sinjar massacre, keeps morphing into something bigger
 
Topic:  Ireland, Republic of Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
 
Topic:  Militarism A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
Upd   Articles Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq, following the Sinjar massacre, keeps morphing into something bigger
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq, following the Sinjar massacre, keeps morphing into something bigger
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
Upd     Mission Creep in Iraq
Examines how the initial Aug 2014 "humanitarian" intervention in Iraq, following the Sinjar massacre, keeps morphing into something bigger
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Biographical essay on Jane Cobden, daughter of Richard Cobden, who continued her father's advocacy of free trade and other ideals
 
18 Feb 2021
Topic:  Attacks of 11 September 2001 Terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
Upd   Articles Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul as "isolationist", by Rick Perry and other Republican hawks, based on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq while not ruling out air strikes
 
Topic:  Bureaucracy A hierarchy of government officials, mostly unelected, that set policies, prescribe regulations and administer them
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul as "isolationist", by Rick Perry and other Republican hawks, based on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq while not ruling out air strikes
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Iraq Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 2005 by the Jumhūriyyat Al-‘Irāq
Upd   Articles Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul as "isolationist", by Rick Perry and other Republican hawks, based on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq while not ruling out air strikes
 
Topic:  Labor Human physical and mental skills available to produce goods and services
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Licensing, Occupational Laws and regulations that limit entry into or continued exercise of a particular occupation
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
Topic:  Orwell, George British writer, author of 1984 and Animal Farm
Upd   Articles How Big Brother Began
Discusses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the proposed 1997 Fair Health Information Practices Act and the federal databases that they require (or would have required)
 
Topic:  Republican Party United States
Upd   Articles Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul as "isolationist", by Rick Perry and other Republican hawks, based on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq while not ruling out air strikes
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
Upd     Again, the Isolationist Smear
Comments on the targeting of Rand Paul as "isolationist", by Rick Perry and other Republican hawks, based on Paul's stance about sending ground troops to Iraq while not ruling out air strikes
 
Topic:  Searches and Seizures, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles How Big Brother Began
Discusses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the proposed 1997 Fair Health Information Practices Act and the federal databases that they require (or would have required)
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles Speaking to Nonlibertarians
Suggests an approach by which libertarians can try to persuade others of the undesirability of government-provided services and the benefits of free markets
 
17 Feb 2021
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
Upd   Articles Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administration
 
Topic:  Corporatism Socio-economic system in which large businesses exert influence over and benefit from government policies
Upd   Articles Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Reviews U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's writings, particularly War Is a Racket (1935) and the constitutional "Amendment for Peace"
 
Topic:  Egypt Territory mostly in northeast Africa, ruled since 2011 by the Jumhūrīyat Miṣr al-ʿArabīyah
Upd   Articles U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy
Examines events in Egypt from the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak to the 2013 coup d'état that removed Mohamed Morsi and the 2014 announcement by the Obama administration of continued military support for General el-Sisi
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Reviews U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's writings, particularly War Is a Racket (1935) and the constitutional "Amendment for Peace"
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administration
 
Topic:  Israel Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Medīnat Yisrā'el
Upd   Articles U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy
Examines events in Egypt from the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak to the 2013 coup d'état that removed Mohamed Morsi and the 2014 announcement by the Obama administration of continued military support for General el-Sisi
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy
Examines events in Egypt from the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak to the 2013 coup d'état that removed Mohamed Morsi and the 2014 announcement by the Obama administration of continued military support for General el-Sisi
Upd     Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Reviews U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's writings, particularly War Is a Racket (1935) and the constitutional "Amendment for Peace"
Upd     Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administration
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Let the Immigrants Stay
Discusses the plight of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the U.S. who face deportation by the Obama administration
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Smedley Butler and the Racket That Is War
Reviews U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's writings, particularly War Is a Racket (1935) and the constitutional "Amendment for Peace"
 
16 Feb 2021
Upd Topic:  Attacks of 11 September 2001 Terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
 
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Bush, Cheney and their advisors exacerbated the U.S.-Iran crisis, as documented in Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
 
Topic:  Cantillon, Richard 18th century Irish economist
Upd   Articles From John Law to John Maynard Keynes
Compares the proposed "mega-Keynesian stimulus package" offered as solution to the 2008 financial crisis to John Law's actions in 18th century France
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
Discusses the situation in Libya in 2014, three years after Obama's "humanitarian intervention" that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri ye Eslāmi ye Irān
Upd   Articles The Roots of Iran's Nuclear Secrecy
Further commentary based on Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discussing why the Iranian government wanted secrecy for its civilian nuclear program
Upd     The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Bush, Cheney and their advisors exacerbated the U.S.-Iran crisis, as documented in Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
 
Topic:  Israel Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Medīnat Yisrā'el
Upd   Articles The Roots of Iran's Nuclear Secrecy
Further commentary based on Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discussing why the Iranian government wanted secrecy for its civilian nuclear program
 
Topic:  Libya Territory in northern Africa, ruled since 2016 by the Government of National Accord
Upd   Articles More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
Discusses the situation in Libya in 2014, three years after Obama's "humanitarian intervention" that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Bush, Cheney and their advisors exacerbated the U.S.-Iran crisis, as documented in Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles From John Law to John Maynard Keynes
Compares the proposed "mega-Keynesian stimulus package" offered as solution to the 2008 financial crisis to John Law's actions in 18th century France
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Roots of Iran's Nuclear Secrecy
Further commentary based on Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discussing why the Iranian government wanted secrecy for its civilian nuclear program
Upd     The Neoconservative Obsession with Iran
Discusses how Bush, Cheney and their advisors exacerbated the U.S.-Iran crisis, as documented in Gareth Porter's Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
Upd     More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
Discusses the situation in Libya in 2014, three years after Obama's "humanitarian intervention" that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi
 
15 Feb 2021
Topic:  Americas The combined continents of North and South America
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Boaz, David Executive vice president of the Cato Institute, author of Libertarianism: A Primer
Upd   Writings Ayn Rand at 100
Discusses the influence of Ayn Rand, after the publication of her two main novels, during the 1960s through the 1980s and to this day, with sales of about half a million of her books per year
 
Topic:  Browne, Harry Investment author, Libertarian Party presidential candidate 1996 and 2000
Upd   Biography About Harry Edson Browne
 
Topic:  Capitalism Economic system where the means of production are privately owned
Upd   Articles Altruism? Bah, Humbug
Contrasts the story of Aaron Feuerstein and Malden Mills with that of Jack Welch and General Electric to argue against activists that believe that corporations that put "altruism" before profits lead to better, more moral results
Upd     Ayn Rand at 100
Discusses the influence of Ayn Rand, after the publication of her two main novels, during the 1960s through the 1980s and to this day, with sales of about half a million of her books per year
 
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Drugs, War on Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Eminent Domain Protections Restrictions on the power of governments to take private property for public use
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Entrepreneurship Managerial skills and willingness to take risks in the production of goods and services
Upd   Articles Altruism? Bah, Humbug
Contrasts the story of Aaron Feuerstein and Malden Mills with that of Jack Welch and General Electric to argue against activists that believe that corporations that put "altruism" before profits lead to better, more moral results
 
Topic:  Foreign Entanglements Unnecessary involvement with other nations
Upd   Articles American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" on Russia stance while claiming the U.S. has "retreated from the world"
Upd     Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Founding Fathers Leading individuals in founding of the United States
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Free Market The uncoerced, consensual exchanges of goods and services between individuals, antithesis of the State
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Blockading with Trade Restrictions
Explores the writings of Henry George in his book Protection or Free Trade offering advice to current waves of protectionism
 
Topic:  Friedman, David D. Professor of Law and Economics
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  George, Henry Nineteenth century American self-taught economist, author of Progress and Poverty
Upd   Articles Blockading with Trade Restrictions
Explores the writings of Henry George in his book Protection or Free Trade offering advice to current waves of protectionism
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Harris, Sharon President of The Advocates for Self-Government
Upd   Writings The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Imperialism Domination or control, by one country, of one or more other countries or territories
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Jefferson, Thomas Author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles Ayn Rand at 100
Discusses the influence of Ayn Rand, after the publication of her two main novels, during the 1960s through the 1980s and to this day, with sales of about half a million of her books per year
 
Topic:  Medicine The science and art of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Monopoly Exclusive control by someone or some group of the means of producing or selling a good or service
Upd   Articles Blockading with Trade Restrictions
Explores the writings of Henry George in his book Protection or Free Trade offering advice to current waves of protectionism
 
Topic:  Paterson, Isabel Canadian-born, American literary critic, author of The God of the Machine
Upd   Articles Altruism? Bah, Humbug
Contrasts the story of Aaron Feuerstein and Malden Mills with that of Jack Welch and General Electric to argue against activists that believe that corporations that put "altruism" before profits lead to better, more moral results
 
Topic:  Powell, Jim Historian, author of The Triumph of Liberty
Upd   Writings Blockading with Trade Restrictions
Explores the writings of Henry George in his book Protection or Free Trade offering advice to current waves of protectionism
 
Topic:  Private Property Ownership of assets by individuals or non-governmental legal entities
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Rand, Ayn Objectivist philosopher, novelist
Upd   Articles Ayn Rand at 100
Discusses the influence of Ayn Rand, after the publication of her two main novels, during the 1960s through the 1980s and to this day, with sales of about half a million of her books per year
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" on Russia stance while claiming the U.S. has "retreated from the world"
Upd     Empire on Their Minds
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
 
Topic:  Russia Territory in eastern Europe and northern Asia, ruled since 1991 by the Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
Upd   Articles American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" on Russia stance while claiming the U.S. has "retreated from the world"
 
Topic:  Smith, Adam Eighteenth century Scottish economist, author of The Wealth of Nations
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Social Security Tax Tax imposed on employers and employees to fund the Social Security system
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Society Grouping of individuals interacting with each other
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  Spooner, Lysander Lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The Invisible Hand Is a Gentle Hand
Defends the free market and individual liberty, quoting among others Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Jefferson, David and Milton Friedman, John Lott, Isabel Paterson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Adam Smith, Thomas Sowell, John Stossel and Walter Williams
Upd     American Hawks Risk Escalating the Ukrainian Crisis
Discusses the potential expansion of the 2014 Ukrainian conflict due to those who advocate a "get tough" on Russia stance while claiming the U.S. has "retreated from the world"
Upd     Blockading with Trade Restrictions
Explores the writings of Henry George in his book Protection or Free Trade offering advice to current waves of protectionism
 
12 Feb 2021
Topic:  Adams, Samuel American revolutionary leader, organizer of the Boston Tea Party
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles Algernon Sidney: A Father of the Declaration of Independence
After a short biography, discusses the main themes made by Sidney in Discourses Concerning Government, written in response to Robert Filmer's Patriarcha, which defended the divine right of kings
 
Topic:  Cobden, Richard Nineteenth century British politician, leading proponent of free trade
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
 
Topic:  Declaration of Independence, United States The document that formed the United States of America
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
Upd     Why Should a Supreme Court Justice Care about Natural Rights?
Discusses the evasiveness of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when asked about the Declaration of Independence, and argues why justices should heed the natural rights philosophy embodied by its most famous lines
 
Topic:  Democracy Form of government where the power is exercised directly or indirectly by a majority of the citizens
Upd   Articles Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Bryan Caplan and Michael Huemer to determine whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are beneficial in any way
 
Topic:  Garrison, William Lloyd Nineteenth century American journalist and abolitionist
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
Upd     Why Should a Supreme Court Justice Care about Natural Rights?
Discusses the evasiveness of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when asked about the Declaration of Independence, and argues why justices should heed the natural rights philosophy embodied by its most famous lines
 
Topic:  Ireland, Republic of Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
 
Topic:  Liberty The right and ability to act and express oneself in a freely chosen manner
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
 
Topic:  Lilburne, John 17th century English activist, advocate of "freeborn" rights and of a written constitution
Upd   Articles Why Should a Supreme Court Justice Care about Natural Rights?
Discusses the evasiveness of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when asked about the Declaration of Independence, and argues why justices should heed the natural rights philosophy embodied by its most famous lines
 
Topic:  Political philosopy Branch of philosophy that studies the nature of social organization and the proper functions of government
Upd   Articles Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Bryan Caplan and Michael Huemer to determine whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are beneficial in any way
 
Topic:  Powell, Jim Historian, author of The Triumph of Liberty
Upd   Writings To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
Upd     Why Should a Supreme Court Justice Care about Natural Rights?
Discusses the evasiveness of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when asked about the Declaration of Independence, and argues why justices should heed the natural rights philosophy embodied by its most famous lines
 
Topic:  Reagan, Ronald Hollywood actor, fortieth President of the United States
Upd   Articles To Defeat the Assault on Liberty, Our Appeals Must Be Moral
Argues, by providing several historical examples, that "compelling moral appeals for liberty" are needed to confront various current problems such as government spending and debt, higher taxes and disregard of constitutional limits on executive power
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Bryan Caplan and Michael Huemer to determine whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are beneficial in any way
 
Topic:  Rights Powers and privileges one may properly claim as due
Upd   Articles Why Should a Supreme Court Justice Care about Natural Rights?
Discusses the evasiveness of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan when asked about the Declaration of Independence, and argues why justices should heed the natural rights philosophy embodied by its most famous lines
 
Topic:  Sidney, Algernon 17th century British Member of Parliament
Upd   Articles Algernon Sidney: A Father of the Declaration of Independence
After a short biography, discusses the main themes made by Sidney in Discourses Concerning Government, written in response to Robert Filmer's Patriarcha, which defended the divine right of kings
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles Don't Get Out the Vote
Examines the writings of Bryan Caplan and Michael Huemer to determine whether get-out-the-vote campaigns are beneficial in any way
 
11 Feb 2021
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property, taxes and regulations
 
Topic:  Federal Reserve System The central bank of the United States
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Upd Topic:  Groups Formal or informal associations of human beings, usually in pursuit of some common goal
 
Topic:  Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers Professor of economics and history at San Jose State University
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Upd Topic:  Individuals Human beings, each considered as a single actor within society
 
Topic:  Inflation Popularly, a rise in prices of goods and services; in economics, monetary expansion
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Topic:  Intellectual Property Laws Laws that grant monopoly rights on intellectual creations, such as patents and copyrights
Upd   Articles Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property, taxes and regulations
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri ye Eslāmi ye Irān
Upd   Articles Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Examines pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their stated intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
 
Topic:  Licensing, Occupational Laws and regulations that limit entry into or continued exercise of a particular occupation
Upd   Articles Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property, taxes and regulations
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Examines pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their stated intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
 
Topic:  Money The most commonly used medium of exchange
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Upd Topic:  Places Continents, countries, cities and other geographical and political subdivisions
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
Upd     Let's Make 2014 the Year of Freedom for Low-Wage Workers
Examines various hindrances to economic independence, in particular occupational licensing, but also zoning, intellectual property, taxes and regulations
Upd     Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Examines pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their stated intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray Economist of the Austrian School, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Topic:  Timberlake, Richard Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
Upd Topic:  Timeline Timeline of significant events
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Obama and Kerry Jeopardize Peace with Iran
Examines pronouncements by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama that put in doubt their stated intentions of reaching a peace agreement with Iran
 
Topic:  Wilson, Woodrow Twenty-eighth President of the United States
Upd   Articles One Hundred Years of the Federal Reserve
Examines the Federal Reserve's record since its inception, quoting the 2010 Cato Institute paper "Has the Fed Been a Failure?" by Selgin, Lastrapes and White, as well as Rothbard, Timberlake and Hummel
 
10 Feb 2021
Topic:  Afghanistan Territory in southwest central Asia, nominally ruled since 2004 by the Da Afġānistān Islāmī Jumhoryat
Upd   Articles The U.S. Isn't Leaving Afghanistan
Reviews the terms of a 2013 draft agreement, due to go into effect in Jan 2015, between the U.S. and Afghan governments to maintain U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan "until the end of 2024 and beyond"
Upd     In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
 
Topic:  Boaz, David Executive vice president of the Cato Institute, author of Libertarianism: A Primer
Upd   Writings The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, One of America’s First Libertarians
Focuses on Rose Wilder Lane's life and relates the influence of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as Wilder Lane's influence on Roger MacBride
 
Topic:  Chamberlain, John 20th century American journalist and author
Upd   Articles The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, One of America’s First Libertarians
Focuses on Rose Wilder Lane's life and relates the influence of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as Wilder Lane's influence on Roger MacBride
 
Topic:  Corporatism Socio-economic system in which large businesses exert influence over and benefit from government policies
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Crane, Ed Co-founder and former President of the Cato Institute
Upd   Writings The Death of Politics?
Explores trends in politics in the U.S. and other countries, particularly those that show voters are unwilling to support the political status quo
 
Topic:  Democratic Party United States
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Flynn, John T. American journalist, author of The Roosevelt Myth
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Free Trade Exchange of goods and services without barriers
Upd   Articles Science, Reason, and Moral Progress
Argues that the progress made in the domain of morality in the past few centuries resulted primarily from the Scientific Revolution (Copernicus, Newton, etc.) and the Enlightment that followed it
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
 
Topic:  Hess, Karl Editor of Libertarian Party News 1986-1990, Barry Goldwater speechwriter
Upd   Articles The Death of Politics?
Explores trends in politics in the U.S. and other countries, particularly those that show voters are unwilling to support the political status quo
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
 
Topic:  Locke, John 17th century English philosopher
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
 
Topic:  Long, Roderick T. Professor of philosophy at Auburn University, president of the Molinari Institute
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
 
Topic:  MacBride, Roger Lawyer, 1976 Libertarian Presidential candidate
Upd   Articles The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, One of America’s First Libertarians
Focuses on Rose Wilder Lane's life and relates the influence of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as Wilder Lane's influence on Roger MacBride
 
Topic:  Mencken, H. L. Journalist, author of The American Language
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
 
Topic:  Militarism A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
Upd   Articles In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
 
Topic:  Nock, Albert Jay Author of Our Enemy, The State, founder of The Freeman (1920-24)
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Non-aggression Principle The libertarian principle that no person should initiate force against another
Upd   Articles One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
 
Topic:  Politics The practices of guiding, influencing or controlling government
Upd   Articles The Death of Politics?
Explores trends in politics in the U.S. and other countries, particularly those that show voters are unwilling to support the political status quo
 
Topic:  Prohibition Laws forbidding the production, sale, transportation or consumption of alcoholic beverages
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  Quesnay, François 18th century French Physiocrat economist, also trained in medicine
Upd   Articles Science, Reason, and Moral Progress
Argues that the progress made in the domain of morality in the past few centuries resulted primarily from the Scientific Revolution (Copernicus, Newton, etc.) and the Enlightment that followed it
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings One Moral Standard for All
Postulates that most nonlibertarians agree that initiation of force is wrong, but they have to be shown that the same moral standard should hold for private individuals and government personnel
Upd     The U.S. Isn't Leaving Afghanistan
Reviews the terms of a 2013 draft agreement, due to go into effect in Jan 2015, between the U.S. and Afghan governments to maintain U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan "until the end of 2024 and beyond"
Upd     In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
Critiques an exchange by NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on the rationale for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan
 
Topic:  Roosevelt, Franklin D. Thirty-second President of the United States
Upd   Articles The New Deal Made Them 'Right'
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The U.S. Isn't Leaving Afghanistan
Reviews the terms of a 2013 draft agreement, due to go into effect in Jan 2015, between the U.S. and Afghan governments to maintain U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan "until the end of 2024 and beyond"
 
Topic:  Wilder Lane, Rose American journalist, author of The Discovery of Freedom
Upd   Articles The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, One of America’s First Libertarians
Focuses on Rose Wilder Lane's life and relates the influence of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as Wilder Lane's influence on Roger MacBride
 
9 Feb 2021
Topic:  Bush, George W. Forty-third President of the United States
Upd   Articles Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to resolve differences with the U.S. government, as evidenced by 2013 proposals, and recalling previous efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
 
Topic:  Children Sons and daughters; young persons, infants, adolescents
Upd   Articles Don't Look for Grown-Ups in Government
Responds to pundits demanding adult, i.e., responsible, behavior from politicians, in particular with regard to lifting the debt ceiling (which kept the U.S. government partially closed in early Oct 2013)
 
Topic:  Economics Study of the means that human beings use to satisfy their individually desired ends
Upd   Articles Don't Look for Grown-Ups in Government
Responds to pundits demanding adult, i.e., responsible, behavior from politicians, in particular with regard to lifting the debt ceiling (which kept the U.S. government partially closed in early Oct 2013)
 
Topic:  Iran Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1979 by the Jomhuri ye Eslāmi ye Irān
Upd   Articles Can Iran Trust the United States?
Turns around the question of whether the United States can trust Iran, by examining the "covert and proxy war" led by former against the latter
Upd     Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to resolve differences with the U.S. government, as evidenced by 2013 proposals, and recalling previous efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
 
Topic:  Israel Territory in southwest Asia, ruled since 1948 by the Medīnat Yisrā'el
Upd   Articles Can Iran Trust the United States?
Turns around the question of whether the United States can trust Iran, by examining the "covert and proxy war" led by former against the latter
 
Topic:  Middle East The countries of southwestern Asia and, conventionally, Egypt
Upd   Articles Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to resolve differences with the U.S. government, as evidenced by 2013 proposals, and recalling previous efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Can Iran Trust the United States?
Turns around the question of whether the United States can trust Iran, by examining the "covert and proxy war" led by former against the latter
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings Can Iran Trust the United States?
Turns around the question of whether the United States can trust Iran, by examining the "covert and proxy war" led by former against the latter
Upd     Stop Demonizing Iran
Examines Iranian government efforts to resolve differences with the U.S. government, as evidenced by 2013 proposals, and recalling previous efforts to cooperate with the Bush administration, as reported in 2006 by Gareth Porter
Upd     Don't Look for Grown-Ups in Government
Responds to pundits demanding adult, i.e., responsible, behavior from politicians, in particular with regard to lifting the debt ceiling (which kept the U.S. government partially closed in early Oct 2013)
 
Topic:  Society Grouping of individuals interacting with each other
Upd   Articles Don't Look for Grown-Ups in Government
Responds to pundits demanding adult, i.e., responsible, behavior from politicians, in particular with regard to lifting the debt ceiling (which kept the U.S. government partially closed in early Oct 2013)
 
Topic:  Transportation The means and equipment used for the movement of passengers and goods
Upd   Articles Can Iran Trust the United States?
Turns around the question of whether the United States can trust Iran, by examining the "covert and proxy war" led by former against the latter
 
Topic:  Voting Selecting those who will govern by casting ballots
Upd   Articles Don't Look for Grown-Ups in Government
Responds to pundits demanding adult, i.e., responsible, behavior from politicians, in particular with regard to lifting the debt ceiling (which kept the U.S. government partially closed in early Oct 2013)
 
8 Feb 2021
Topic:  Constitution, United States The supreme law of the United States of America
Upd   Articles The People Say No to War
Comments on how the American people, through calls and emails to Congress and opinion polls, stopped, at least momentarily, the Obama administration from going to war with Syria
 
Topic:  Drugs, War on Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles Stop-and-Frisk: How Government Creates Problems, Then Makes Them Worse
Considers two recent decisions, from the Justice Department and from a Federal judge, that attempt to ameliorate bad policies enacted in the past, without getting to the root of the problems
 
Topic:  Economic Resources Natural, human and man-made factors used in the production of goods and services
Upd   Articles The State of Humanity: Good and Getting Better
Contrasts the pessimistic 1980 prediction, made in the Global 2000 Report to the President, about the probable state of the world in the year 2000 with the actual state in the mid-1990's.
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
Upd   Articles Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Stop-and-Frisk: How Government Creates Problems, Then Makes Them Worse
Considers two recent decisions, from the Justice Department and from a Federal judge, that attempt to ameliorate bad policies enacted in the past, without getting to the root of the problems
 
Topic:  Independent Thought, Center for Non-profit educational foundation based in New York City
Upd   Home Page Center for Independent Thought
 
Topic:  Iraq War (2003) Invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and other countries, purportedly to find weapons of mass destruction
Upd   Articles Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
 
Topic:  La Boétie, Étienne de Sixteenth century French judge and poet, author of Discourse on Voluntary Servitude
Upd   Articles The People Say No to War
Comments on how the American people, through calls and emails to Congress and opinion polls, stopped, at least momentarily, the Obama administration from going to war with Syria
 
Topic:  Life The human unalienable right from which other rights obtain
Upd   Articles The State of Humanity: Good and Getting Better
Contrasts the pessimistic 1980 prediction, made in the Global 2000 Report to the President, about the probable state of the world in the year 2000 with the actual state in the mid-1990's.
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
Upd     The People Say No to War
Comments on how the American people, through calls and emails to Congress and opinion polls, stopped, at least momentarily, the Obama administration from going to war with Syria
 
Topic:  Repression, Moral Legislation and government actions that attempt to dictate "moral and proper" behavior
Upd   Articles Stop-and-Frisk: How Government Creates Problems, Then Makes Them Worse
Considers two recent decisions, from the Justice Department and from a Federal judge, that attempt to ameliorate bad policies enacted in the past, without getting to the root of the problems
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The State of Humanity: Good and Getting Better
Contrasts the pessimistic 1980 prediction, made in the Global 2000 Report to the President, about the probable state of the world in the year 2000 with the actual state in the mid-1990's.
Upd     Stop-and-Frisk: How Government Creates Problems, Then Makes Them Worse
Considers two recent decisions, from the Justice Department and from a Federal judge, that attempt to ameliorate bad policies enacted in the past, without getting to the root of the problems
Upd     Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
Upd     U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
Upd     The People Say No to War
Comments on how the American people, through calls and emails to Congress and opinion polls, stopped, at least momentarily, the Obama administration from going to war with Syria
 
Topic:  Searches and Seizures, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles Stop-and-Frisk: How Government Creates Problems, Then Makes Them Worse
Considers two recent decisions, from the Justice Department and from a Federal judge, that attempt to ameliorate bad policies enacted in the past, without getting to the root of the problems
 
Topic:  Simon, Julian Professor of Business Administration, author
Upd   Writings The State of Humanity: Good and Getting Better
Contrasts the pessimistic 1980 prediction, made in the Global 2000 Report to the President, about the probable state of the world in the year 2000 with the actual state in the mid-1990's.
 
Topic:  Social Security Tax Tax imposed on employers and employees to fund the Social Security system
Upd   Web Sites Project on Social Security Choice
 
Topic:  Syria Territory in southwest Asia, nominally ruled since 1961 by the al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah
Upd   Articles U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
 
Topic:  United States Territory in central and northwest North America, ruled since 1788 by the United States of America
Upd   Measures of Freedom Level of Economic Freedom
2014: 7.75, Rank: 16
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles Heroic
Discusses the inspiring yet naïve actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning when she realized she could no longer participate in the atrocities of war
Upd     U.S. Has No Moral Standing to Condemn Assad
Questions the propriety of the U.S. government's moral pronouncements (and potential military actions) in response to allegations that Syria's government used chemical weapons
Upd     The People Say No to War
Comments on how the American people, through calls and emails to Congress and opinion polls, stopped, at least momentarily, the Obama administration from going to war with Syria
 
5 Feb 2021
Topic:  Aristotle Greek philosopher, tutor of young Alexander the Great
Upd   Biography Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
Part of the Goodrich Seminar Room; includes bibliography and links to Thales, Plato and others
 
Topic:  Arms, Right to Keep and Bear Right of individuals to own firearms
Upd   Articles What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Bentham, Jeremy 18th/19th century English philosopher and legal scholar, an early proponent of utilitarianism
Upd   Articles Security Cameras' Slippery Slope
Discusses the use of surveillance cameras in New York City, in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in the United States, as well as drones by British police
 
Topic:  Bright, John 19th century English Member of Parliament
Upd   Articles The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
 
Topic:  Drugs, War on Legislation and enforcement actions against substances that are deemed to be addictive or otherwise dangerous
Upd   Articles What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Education, Compulsory Attendance in schools that is mandated by laws
Upd   Articles What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Ethics Branch of philosophy that studies the values that guide human conduct
Upd   Articles The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us
Examines a couple of reasons for rejecting the surveillance state, even if "government officials sincerely believe that [collecting] data is vital to the people's security"
Upd     What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Libertarianism Political philosophy that advocates freedom of action and thought for every human
Upd   Articles What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Minimum Wage Laws Legislation that places a lower limit on the prices paid for labor
Upd   Articles What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  New York City The Big Apple
Upd   Articles Security Cameras' Slippery Slope
Discusses the use of surveillance cameras in New York City, in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in the United States, as well as drones by British police
 
Topic:  Orwell, George British writer, author of 1984 and Animal Farm
Upd   Articles Security Cameras' Slippery Slope
Discusses the use of surveillance cameras in New York City, in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in the United States, as well as drones by British police
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
Upd     Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us
Examines a couple of reasons for rejecting the surveillance state, even if "government officials sincerely believe that [collecting] data is vital to the people's security"
Upd     What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like
Argues that in order to have an "honest conversation about race", it must first be recognized that many government policies, such as drug prohibition, gun control and mandatory schooling, are enablers for racism
 
Topic:  Searches and Seizures, Right Against Unreasonable Protection from unwarranted searches and takings
Upd   Articles Motives Aside, the NSA Should Not Spy on Us
Examines a couple of reasons for rejecting the surveillance state, even if "government officials sincerely believe that [collecting] data is vital to the people's security"
Upd     Security Cameras' Slippery Slope
Discusses the use of surveillance cameras in New York City, in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in the United States, as well as drones by British police
 
Topic:  United Kingdom Island territories in western Europe, ruled since 1921 by the Monarchy of the United Kingdom
Upd   Articles The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
 
Topic:  War Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"
Upd   Articles The Greatness of Peace Activist John Bright
Commentary on John Bright's opposition to war and interventionism. with relevant excerpts to several of his speeches
 
4 Feb 2021
Topic:  Banking The business of accepting deposits and lending money
Upd   Articles The Banker's Bank
Reviews the pre-history of the Federal Reserve and its origins in the Progressive Era, with various quotes from The Mystery of Banking (1983) by Murray Rothbard
 
Topic:  Business Commercial activities that provide goods and services
Upd   Articles Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
 
Topic:  Central Banking The practice of establishing a country's monetary policy through a government-owned or -controlled institution
Upd   Articles The Banker's Bank
Reviews the pre-history of the Federal Reserve and its origins in the Progressive Era, with various quotes from The Mystery of Banking (1983) by Murray Rothbard
 
Topic:  China Territory in eastern Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
Upd   Articles China's Legacy: The Thoughts of Lao Tzu
Contrasts the teachings of Laozi with respect to government intervention with the lingering effects of Mao Zedong's legacy
 
Topic:  Federal Reserve System The central bank of the United States
Upd   Articles The Banker's Bank
Reviews the pre-history of the Federal Reserve and its origins in the Progressive Era, with various quotes from The Mystery of Banking (1983) by Murray Rothbard
 
Topic:  Franklin, Benjamin 18th century American printer, inventor and statesman
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Government The group of people that exercises authority over a country or other political subdivision
Upd   Articles Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
Upd     China's Legacy: The Thoughts of Lao Tzu
Contrasts the teachings of Laozi with respect to government intervention with the lingering effects of Mao Zedong's legacy
 
Topic:  Health Care Preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and other services related to the health of an individual
Upd   Articles Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
 
Topic:  Lǎozǐ Ancient Chinese philosopher, author of the Dào Dé Jīng
Upd   Articles China's Legacy: The Thoughts of Lao Tzu
Contrasts the teachings of Laozi with respect to government intervention with the lingering effects of Mao Zedong's legacy
 
Topic:  Mandeville, Bernard 18th century Dutch philosopher, physician and satirist
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Obama, Barack Forty-fourth President of the United States
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Powell, Jim Historian, author of The Triumph of Liberty
Upd   Writings Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Upd Topic:  Prices Convey information between buyers and sellers
Upd   Articles Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
 
Topic:  Property Rights Rights of an owner to use and dispose of assets
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Richman, Sheldon Executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, former editor of The Freeman and former vice president of the Future of Freedom Foundation
Upd   Writings The Banker's Bank
Reviews the pre-history of the Federal Reserve and its origins in the Progressive Era, with various quotes from The Mystery of Banking (1983) by Murray Rothbard
Upd     Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
 
Topic:  Rothbard, Murray Economist of the Austrian School, author of For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Upd   Articles The Banker's Bank
Reviews the pre-history of the Federal Reserve and its origins in the Progressive Era, with various quotes from The Mystery of Banking (1983) by Murray Rothbard
 
Topic:  Simon, Julian Professor of Business Administration, author
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Smith, Adam Eighteenth century Scottish economist, author of The Wealth of Nations
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Spencer, Herbert 19th century English philosopher
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial
 
Topic:  Taxation Compulsory contributions demanded by governments from individuals and other entities
Upd   Articles Health Insurance Scam
Analyzes how what is called "health insurance" is not about health nor is it insurance, how it came about from "wartime economic controls", and why it has resulted in rising medical care costs
 
Topic:  Turgot, Anne Robert Jacques 18th century French economist
Upd   Articles Barack Obama: The Anti Economic Growth President
Lists and criticizes several of Obama's policies and proposals and discusses why economic growth and progress is beneficial